A to E
- Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer
Arthur R. Adams
- Don't stay away from church because there are so many
hypocrites. There's always room for one more.
- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is
knowing which ones to keep.
- A lie would have no sense unless the truth were felt as
- It is easier to fight for one's principles than to live up
- Don't worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you'll have to
ram them down people's throats.
- The only normal people are the ones you don't know very
- I wasn't born to be a fighter. The causes I have fought for
have invariably been causes that should have been gained by a delicate suggestion. Since
they never were, I made myself into a fighter.
- A conclusion is simply the place where you got tired of thinking.
- A half truth is a whole lie. [Yiddish proverb]
- Always drink upstream from the herd. [Cowboy proverb]
- Any moron can
Write haiku; just stop at the
- Beautys only skin deep but ugly goes clear to the
- Be careful what you wish foryou might get it.
- If you're right 98% of the time, why quibble about the remaining 3%?
- If you want your dreams to come true, don't sleep. [Yiddish
- It is better to have a pebble for a God than to have no
God. [Hindu proverb]
- Life's a bitch and then you die.
- Love your enemies, just in case your friends turn out to be
a bunch of bastards.
- Never miss a good chance to shut up.
- Never get into a pissing contest with a skunk.
- No good deed goes unpunished.
- One man has ten years' experience, another has one year's
experience ten times.
- Our main business is not to see what lies dimly at the
distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand. But what God has put in our power is the
happiness of those about us, and that is largely to be secured by our being kind to them.
- Politicians are like monkeys. The higher they climb, the
more you can see their disgusting parts. [Welsh saying]
- Profanity is the crutch of the ineloquent motherfucker.
- Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum viditur. [Whatever is said in Latin sounds profound.]
- Real love is permanent. [various attributions]
- Shit, fire and fools do not want to be touched. (Dutch proverb)
- The older a fool, the worse he is.
- The praise of fools is censure in disguise.
- Though malice may darken truth, it cannot put it out.
- When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live
your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice. [Indian saying].
- Humor is the only test of gravity, and gravity of humor;
for a subject which will not bear raillery is suspicious, and a jest which will not bear
serious examination is false wit.
- It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain
a thought without accepting it.
- No great genius is without an admixture of madness.
- Wit is educated insolence.
- A man who doesn't think differently from his time and
environment can't grow beyond his time and environment.
- Complete abstinence is easier than perfect moderation.
- God judged it better to
bring good out of evil than to suffer no evil at all.
- Habit, if not resisted, soon becomes necessity.
- A bad man is worse when he pretends to be a saint.
- A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.
- Truth emerges more easily from error than from confusion.
- What we opprobriously call stupidity, though not an
enlivening quality in common society, is natures favorite resource for preserving
steadiness of conduct and consistency of opinion.
- Youve got to give a guy his dreams. Then he
wont notice that you control his reality.
- When trouble arises and things look bad, there is always one individual who perceives a
solution and is willing to take command. Very often, that individual is crazy.
- Everyone is unique, but no one is special.
L. Frank Baum
- [U]nless one can think wisely it is better to remain a
dummy. [in The Land of Oz]
Henry Ward Beecher
- A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is
- Intelligence is what you use when you don't know what to
- Genius is the capacity for productive reaction against
Francis Bernadone (Saint Francis of Assisi)
- That for which you are looking is that which is looking.
- In theory there is no difference between theory and
practice. In practice there is.
- Life is like photography. You use the negative to develop.
- Being positive is being mistaken at the top of one's voice.
- Man is an animal so lost in rapturous contemplation of what
he thinks he is as to overlook what he indubitably ought to be.
- As scarce as truth is, the supply has always been in excess of the demand.
- The trouble with most folks isn't so much their ignorance.
It's know'n so many things that ain't so.
- Freedom to speak and write about public questions is as
important to the life of our government as is the heart to the human body. In fact, this
privilege is the heart of our government. If that heart be weakened, the result is
debilitation; if it be stilled, the result is death.
- It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.
- Who would do good to another must do so in minute
particulars. [in Jerusalem]
Henry George Bohn
- He who knows himself best esteems himself least.
- A fool always finds a greater fool to admire him.
- The best-informed man is not necessarily the wisest. Indeed there is a danger that
precisely in the multiplicity of his
knowledge he will lose sight of what is essential. But on the other hand, knowledge of an
apparently trivial detail
quite often makes it possible to see into the depth of things. And so the wise man will
seek to acquire the best
possible knowledge about events, but always without becoming dependent upon this
knowledge. To recognize the significant in the factual is wisdom.
- A metaphysician is a man who goes into a dark cellar at
midnight without a light looking for a black cat that is not there.
- Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said
iteven if I have said itunless it agrees with your own reason and your own
- Do not close your eyes to suffering. Find ways to be with those who are suffering,
including personal contacts and visits. By such means awaken yourself and others to the
reality of suffering in the world.
- There is no way to happinesshappiness is the way.
- What we think, we become.
- The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for
good men to do nothing.
- The people never give up their freedom except under some
- A man begins cutting his wisdom teeth the first
time he bites off more than he can chew.
- The trouble with born-again Christians is that they are an even bigger pain the second
Calvin and Hobbes
- A little rudeness and disrespect can elevate a meaningless
interaction to a battle of wits and add drama to an otherwise dull day!
- I imagine bugs and girls have a dim perception that Nature
played a cruel trick on them, but they lack the intelligence to really comprehend its
- People think it must be fun to be a supergenius, but they don't realize how hard it is
to put up with all the idiots in the world.
- An intellectual is a person whose mind watches itself.
- Too many have dispensed with generosity in order to
- An original writer is not one who imitates nobody, but one
whom nobody can imitate.
- One is not superior simply because one sees the world as
- All men thirst to confess their crimes more than tired
beasts thirst for water; but they naturally object to confessing them while other people,
who have also committed the same crimes, sit by and laugh at them.
- At the back of our mind exists a forgotten blaze or burst of astonishment at our own
existence. The object of the artistic and spiritual life is to dig for this
submerged sunrise of wonder.
- Men do not differ much about what things they will call
evils; they differ enormously about what evils they will call excusable.
- The Christian ideal, it is said, has not
been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult and left untried. [in Whats
Wrong with the World]
- There is nothing so absurd that it has not been said by
Arthur C. Clarke
- A faith that cannot survive collision with the truth is not worth many regrets.
- Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
- He who laughs last is generally the last to get the joke.
Nick Coleman, age 9
- Don't think life is easy, because when you get older it is hard work. I used to think
life was easy; now I have to do the dishes every other day.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
- Common sense to an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom.
- The mans desire is for the woman; but the
womans desire is rarely other than for the desire of the man.
- A man who has committed a mistake and doesn't correct it is
committing another mistake.
- Everything is a dangerous drug except reality, which is unendurable.
James Fennimore Cooper
- They who have reasoned ignorantly, or who have aimed at
effecting their personal ends by flattering the popular feeling, have boldly affirmed that
"one man is as good as another," a maxim that is true in neither nature,
revealed morals, nor political theory.
- Never keep up with the Joneses. Drag them down to your
John Philpot Curran
- The condition upon which God has given liberty to man is eternal vigilance. [Speech upon the Right of Election, 1790.]
- The only difference between a madman and myself is that I
am not mad.
- The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in a
time of moral crisis, maintain their neutrality. [in The Inferno]
Charles de Gaulle
- Since a politician never believes what he says, he is
surprised when others believe him.
Bertran de Jouvenal
- A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves.
François de la Rochefoucauld
- It is great cleverness to know how to conceal our
- Other men are lenses through which we read our own minds.
- A man is his own easiest dupe, for what he wishes to be
true he generally believes to be true.
- There is one safeguard known generally to the wise, which
is an advantage and security to all, but especially to democracies as against despots.
What is it? Distrust.
- What we have in us of the image of God is the love of truth
Francis de Sales
- Half an hour's meditation is essential, except when you are
very busy. Then a full hour is needed.
- If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary
that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.
- Travel only with your equals or your betters. If there are
none, travel alone.
- The wisdom of the wise, and the experience of ages, may be preserved by quotations
Kathleen Dixon, Director of Women's Studies, Bowling Green
(Ohio) State University
- We forbid any course that says we restrict free speech!
- Lying to ourselves is more deeply ingrained than lying to others.
- He who will not reason is a bigot, he who cannot is a fool,
he who dares not is a slave.
- Efficiency is intelligent laziness.
- Sometimes you have to forget about principles and do the
- Education is the progressive discovery of our ignorance.
- To live outside the law you must be honest. [in Where
Are You Tonight, Sweet Marie?]
- Our bodily food is changed into us, but our spiritual food
changes us into it.
- What is truth? Truth is something so noble hat if God could
turn aside from it, I could keep to the truth and let God go.
- Many of lifes failures are people who did not realize
how close they were to success when they gave up.
- Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.
- As soon as science has emerged from its initial stages, theoretical advances are no
longer achieved merely by a process of arrangement. Guided by empirical data, the
investigator rather develops a system of thought which, in general, is built up logically
from a small number of fundamental assumptions, the so-called axioms. We call such a
system of thought a theory. The theory finds the justification for its existence in the
fact that it correlates a large number of single observations, and it is just here that
the 'truth' of the theory lies.
- As the circle of light grows, so does the circumference of darkness around it.
- Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by
- Concepts that have proven useful in ordering things easily achieve such an authority
over us that we forget their earthly origins and accept them as unalterable givens. Thus
they come to be stamped as "necessities of thought," "a priori
givens," etc. The path of scientific advance is often made impassable for a long time
through such errors.
- Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity
opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environments. Most people
are incapable of even forming such opinions.
- Genius has its limits but stupidity is endless.
- Happiness, as a pursuit, is suitable only for pigs.
- I don't know with what weapons World War III will be
fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.
- I want to make things as simple as possible, but no
- Most of the fundamental ideas of science are essentially
simple, and may, as a rule, be expressed in a language comprehensible to everyone.
- Since the mathematicians have invaded the theory of
relativity, I do not understand it myself any more.
- Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of a
- The most beautiful experience we can have is the
mysterious. It is the fundamental mental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art
and true science. Whoever does not know it and can no longer wonder, no longer marvel, is
as good as dead, and his eyes are dimmed.
- The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your
- The stupid are invincible.
- The telegraph is a kind of very long cat. You pull his tail in New York and he is mewing
in Los Angeles. Radio operates in exactly the same way, except there is no cat.
- The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were
at when we created them.
- The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking.
- What interests me most is whether God could have made the
- Half of the harm that is done in this world is due to
people who want to feel important. They don't mean to do harm but the harm does not
- To get new knowledge requires new questions.
- It is generally agreed by philosophers of science that
important contributions which have a revolutionary impact on science are often
methodologically inadequate, reveal many anomalies, and may indeed be factually erroneous.
- Psychotherapy is the prostitution of friendship.
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